From Royal Enfield Thunderbird to the Suzuki Intruder to the Bajaj Avenger to the UM Renegade. We bring you an exhaustive list of the best cruisers in India under INR 2 lakh.
India is a vast nation with an interesting geographical pattern. We have the highest of mountain passes, to the driest of the deserts. People love exploring the nation travelling thousands of kilometres. With the Indian road and highway conditions improving and the government working to build over 50,000 km worth of new highways in the next two years, its time you get a cruiser to reach the road less travelled. With the Leh season starting early this year due to early onset of summer. The Rohtang tunnel project is also expected to complete this year cutting down the distance between Manali and Spiti Valley by 48 km while providing all-weather connectivity. We are psyched about the new roads and infrastructure being built and can’t wait to get our gear on and start riding. You wanna ride too? Here’s a list of the best cruisers in India under INR 2 lakh.
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Best Cruiser Bikes in India – Royal Enfield Thunderbird
The ruler of the highways has been on sale since Y2K. Not the virus, I meant the start of the 21st century. The Thunderbird has been the number one choice of customers who cherish cruising along long highways, absent from the chaos-ridden cities. Topping our list of best cruiser bikes in India, the Thunderbird was recently updated with funky new colours in contrast with matte black. The new Thunderbird X twins offer the same highway cruising capability while being more city-friendly for versatile use. Available to order in both 350cc and 500cc versions with the former developing 19.8 hp and 28 Nm and the latter making 27 hp and 43 Nm. The Thunderbird range in India starts around INR 1.45 lakh and goes all the way to INR 1.88 lakh ex-showroom.
Best Cruiser Bikes In India – Royal Enfield Bullet Classic
Taking the second position in our best cruiser in India report is the Thunderbird’s cousin, the Bullet Classic. Much like its elder sibling, the Bulltotoo offers funky new colours to appeal the young crowd. While both bikes share the same engines, the Bullet is more popular of the two as its comfortable both in the city and out on the highway. The Bullet has earned its name hard as at a time, this was the only bike that could take one to the beautiful city of Leh. The torture the bike and rider go through each year travelling the same patch is beyond imagination. Yet, the Bullet has been doing it for over a decade now. If not the best, the Royal Enfield Bullet is beyond any doubt the most versatile cruiser in the nation.
Bullet Classic is powered by a 350cc and a 500cc engine, with the former developing 19.8 hp and 28 Nm while the latter making 27 hp and 43 Nm. The Bullet Classic is the highest selling model by Royal Enfield and trust me, you can never go wrong with this one. The Royal Enfield Bullet Classic ranges between INR 1.35 lakh to INR 1.90 lakh.
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Best Cruiser Bikes In India – Bajaj Avenger Series
Bajaj updated its Avenger series comprehensively this year. The new Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220, Avenger Street 180 are the cruiser models by Bajaj on sale right now. The design updates for 2018 included LED DRL, blacked-out alloy wheels, new graphics and a new grab rail. The 220’s analogue instrument cluster gets replaced by a digital one with orange backlit on the Street and blue on the Cruise. The Bajaj Avenger series offer long-distance cruising capabilities in a pocket-friendly and considerably lighter package.
If you don’t like the long stroke engines of Royal Enfield, the Avenger series might be a good option for you. The Bajaj Avenger Street 180 employs a 180cc DTSi engine that makes 15.3 bhp and 13.7 Nm. The Avenger 220 is powered by a 220cc engine with a max output of 18.7 bhp and 175 Nm. While the Avenger 180 series start at INR 83,475, the Avenger 220 series start at INR 93,466. The asking price alone for these products make them one of the top contenders in our report of best cruisers in India.
Best Cruiser Bikes In India – UM Renegade Classic
The new boy in town, UM, directly locked its horns with Royal Enfield upon launch here. Their product lineup targeted customers directly from Royal Enfield’s hands. While making a boom with over 10,000 pre-bookings done online, UM failed to impress the public with the sales dropping soon enough. The UM Renegade is not a lousy product rather offers a great bang for the buck. Powering the cruiser is a 279cc engine making 25 hp and 23 Nm. The UM Renegade Classic range starts at INR 1.89 lakh in India.
Best Cruiser Bikes In India – Suzuki Intruder 150
Currently, the laugh of the town, the Suzuki Intruder 150 borrows its name from the legendary cruiser by the automaker. While the original Intruder is available with 800cc and above engines, the 150 simply seems awkward. The Intruder 150 borrows its underpinnings from the Gixxer and the 150 cc engine is good for 14.1 PS and 14 Nm. The quirky looks of the Suzuki cruiser were supposed to impress its customers but rather became a joke amongst the international media upon launch. With prices starting at INR 1.00 lakh, the Intruder 150 offers single-channel ABS for added safety.
We hope this list helps you decide your next perfect cruiser for the upcoming Leh season. Leave your feedback in the comments section below.
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